New Bern Farmer's Market and Christ Church //New Bern North Carolina, Family Portrait Photographer

We spent the Saturday in New Bern, NC mostly because it's easily in our top 5 places in North Carolina but also because we heard that their farmer's market is pretty amazing. Last week we visited a local farm in La Grange NC and wanted to check out their booth at the market as well.

I love any excuse to visit this sweet town wrought with history but to be honest, I wasn't expecting much from their farmer's market. We were going to put our deposit down on a Non- GMO organic turkey from Nature's Touch Farm and that was pretty much it. I did not expect to spend over an hour sweating like a pig (with 3 kid and a husband that has too many trial cases on his mind to function properly) and love it!

We saw some amazing crafts from local vendors- hand made doll clothes, stuffed animals, clothes, we even met a sheep farmer that felts her wool into the most amazing creations. And the food! The produce was abundant and beautiful and inexpensive. We enjoyed live music, food trucks and a wonderful crowd.

Lilly and Grace enjoyed being able to wear their new school uniforms and taking Molly and Emily out for the day. August enjoyed being able to eat a hotdog while lounging in a tree and Greg enjoyed not having to spend much money and getting away from the office.

I enjoyed the coffee from Bear Town Java and the bag of wild blueberries that I snagged at Nature's Touch Farm and being able to photograph my favorite people on the grounds of a 300 year old church whose cemetery, outdoor chapel and playground are all intertwined :)

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Love Wins in America

Chris and Aaron do not know this but silent tears streamed down my face towards the end of our first phone conversation. I first spoke with Chris- greetings, a bit of small talk, brief details about wedding location/dates. He said there was just one more thing he needed to ask, when his voice shook and he paused before continuing, my heart went out to him because I knew. I don't know how I knew, but I did.

So when Chris told me that he and his partner were same sex, I was not surprised- I was actually elated. At this point in my wedding photography career, I was burnt out on the contrived white dresses, ceremonies rooted in beliefs that people exploit for the sake of tradition, a tradition that discriminates who is allowed to love, vows that 40-50 percent of people seem to forget... basically I was headed straight to bitter town.

But in a sea of frivolous ceremonies, same sex unions are earned. These men and women face persecution, judgement, are stripped of their dignity, and human rights but they still stand up and fight for their love- the same love.

I was born privileged.

I am white, straight, I won a free wedding at the top of the Empire State Building, married a lawyer, 3 kids, a dog. I can run passed a police officer without fear of being shot. I didn't earn any of those things- sure, I work my ass off but no one asked me that before allowing be to enjoy all of those things. I was given those opportunities because of who I was born.

When Chris asked me if I was comfortable photographing a same sex wedding, I said yes- of course! At that moment, Aaron chimed in. He had been on the line waiting. I listened to them tell me about their story, their love. Chris is an Army Ranger stationed in Georgia and their claim to fame is being the first same sex couple to attend a military birthday ball. The pride in their voice, the love in their voice, the heartbreak in their voice when they told me that they were having a difficult time finding a wedding photographer in North Carolina that would capture their wedding, broke my heart.

I will never understand people's need to show hate, I have to believe it is out of fear and misunderstanding. There is nothing sweeter in this world than love and being loved.

Yesterday's Supreme Court's decision to legalize marriage for all individuals was America's way of choosing love over hate, acceptance over dissent, unity over partiality- this is the country to be proud of, friends.

 

xoxo,

Kristy Lynn Adams

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No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
— Justice Anthony Kennedy

Cothran, A Sneads Ferry North Carolina Family Session

There is such a contagious love and sweetness coming from the Cothran Family. I had a wonderful time with them at Stump Sound Park in Sneads Ferry, NC.

Beautiful day, beautiful light, beautiful family.

I love my job!

Also, if you ever stumbled upon my race time for the Marine Corps Half Marathon last year because, let's face it, you ALL searched for me on the web- it was actually this lovely lady! She needed a bib, I stopped training a week into training and viola! I ran a half marathon in 2:20 :) We didn't officially change the bib registration because it was so last minute. Anyway, thanks for making me look good, girl!

xoxo,

K.

 

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